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Marmot Halo 6 Review

Say "Halo" to a roomy, well-designed, upper-echelon tent system
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Price:  $643 List
Pros:  Interior space and height, construction
Cons:  Flimsy stakes, pricey
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Rick Baraff ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 15, 2020
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RANKED
#6 of 14
  • Space and Comfort - 35% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 8
  • Ease of Set-Up - 20% 8
  • Durability - 15% 7
  • Packed Size - 5% 6

Our Verdict

You'll have a Halo of a good time outdoors in the Marmot Halo 6. Tall and roomy with good ventilation and a full mesh roof, this is a well-designed, mid-range, three-season tent for good-sized groups. If you're looking for something that covers all types of camping from the beach to the mountains, this could be your perfect fit. The versatility is mostly in the main tent's design, where the nice balance of mesh and fabric allows for wide-open views and venting options or full privacy as all the windows and doors have opaque material that zips over them. It's a go-anywhere tent that sets up easily and is worth the price.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

A very versatile and roomy tent that lives up to its name by allowing you to commune with the angels and stars through the tall, halo-enabled mesh roof. This is one of the more "do everything" tents in our bunch where it can handle a near-endless variety of situations and conditions to afford you max comfort, space, and craftsmanship anywhere you can carry it.

Performance Comparison


Room and spacious with good views  the Halo 6 is a great tent.
Room and spacious with good views, the Halo 6 is a great tent.

Space and Comfort


While fitting six adults in the Halo 6P won't be happening with lots of gear or sleeping pads, it's plenty roomy for four adults with a full complement of camping comforts.

Looking inside the front door of the Halo 6. The "halo" poles give the ceiling some added loft around what would be an otherwise steeply sloped dome.
Looking inside the front door of the Halo 6. The "halo" poles give the ceiling some added loft around what would be an otherwise steeply sloped dome.

As versatility is a top feature of the tent itself, you have lots of options to make this feel like a screened-in porch by unzipping all covers on warm days or in hot spots like the beach or desert. Or you have the option to create a totally private and warmer space by employing any combination of zip/half-zipped portals to master cooler temps or breezes that get a little carried away.

Weather Resistance


Not only because it's fairly dome-shaped, but also because the bottom is wider than the top, the Halo has a solid base that helps it stay put in any weather. There are vents to help air move through even when everything else is buckled down, and the fly provides a nice large vestibule to store wet and muddy gear when things get sloppy. As for the overall construction, there's an extra pole that slots through the fly's vestibule, which adds extra stability and wind resistance. Solid all around.

The excellent rain fly of the Halo 6.
The excellent rain fly of the Halo 6.

Ease of Set-Up


The Halo is easy and quick to set up, even for one person. Classic sleeve plus color-coded hooks in an X-cross design create the main structure. Then there are two simple (and kinda fun!) halo poles that cross the structural poles to enhance your heavenly experience. Like anything, it might be mildly confusing the very first time, but we've no doubt you and your crew will catch on quick.

Halo there! The halo-shaped poles form a crown around the top of the tent to add extra interior headspace.
Halo there! The halo-shaped poles form a crown around the top of the tent to add extra interior headspace.

Durability


Marmot makes very durable goods. Period. Maybe not the super deluxe BMW series but certainly not the entry-level coupe either. If treated with a minimum of care (like making sure to dry everything out before re-packing), the Halo 6 should last many seasons without any deterioration.

Well-constructed seam sealed floor panels on the Marmot Halo 6P.
Well-constructed seam sealed floor panels on the Marmot Halo 6P.

The floor is unfortunately not a single piece of material, nor is it bathtub-style, but it's easily able to withstand gear and even camp furniture. The real issue(s) here are the featherweight stakes! While they look and feel beautiful in their multi-faceted hot orange color, they practically wilt under your glare. We hope Marmot upgrades these in the future. In the meantime, you may want to buy some extra ones to supplement your kit.

One of Marmot's not-so-tough-but-pretty-orange stakes.
One of Marmot's not-so-tough-but-pretty-orange stakes.

Packed Size


Nothing to send a postcard home from the campground about here. The Halo comes with a pretty standard-issue stuff sack that requires you to jam everything through the hole on top. No expansion portions or zippers. They do at least have compression straps and a shoulder strap to help, which we appreciate.

Jam on.  The carry sack for the Halo as two handles and a sorta short-ish shoulder strap.
Jam on. The carry sack for the Halo as two handles and a sorta short-ish shoulder strap.

Value


Marmot is kinda like the value-oriented player of the high-end gear manufacturers. NOT a knock by any means! They've been a quality outfit for nearly 50 years with a variety of proven, expedition-worthy tools. The Halo 6 is a well-designed and well-thought-out tent that's going to stand up to most of your adventures but feels a bit of a stretch at the price. If you can find it on sale, though, grab this puppy up!

Conclusion


The Halo 6 is a do-everything type of tent ready for athletic adventures (and adventurers) or just peace and solitude by the bay. Versatility is the name of the game here. From breezy views to privacy to bomber weather protection, we don't foresee this tent letting you down.

The full-coverage rain fly on the Halo 6 with its roomy rear vestibule.
The full-coverage rain fly on the Halo 6 with its roomy rear vestibule.

Rick Baraff